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Molly Anderson

Middlebury College
Professor of Food Studies
Molly Anderson is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Food Studies at Middlebury College in Vermont, where she teaches about hunger and food security, fixing food systems, and sustainability. She is especially interested in multi-actor collaborations for sustainable food systems, sustainability metrics and assessment, food system resilience, human rights in the food system, and the right to food in the US and other industrialized countries.  She is also interested in bridging interests and concerns of academicians and community-based activists, and works with many civil society partners in the US and internationally.  She is involved in food system planning and analysis of solutions at different scales, from local to international.  She is a Board member of Middlebury Natural Food Coop and a member of Middlebury’s Conservation Commission.  She participates in the regional Food Solutions New England network, the national Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture & Sustainability, and the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).  She was a Coordinating Lead Author on the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science & Technology for Development (IAASTD) and served on the Board of the Community Food Security Coalition for 6 years.  She has worked as a private consultant for domestic and international organizations, with Oxfam America, and at Tufts University, where she was the founding Director of the Agriculture, Food and Environment Graduate Program in the School of Nutrition Science & Policy and directed Tufts Institute of the Environment for 2 years.  Molly earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Systems Ecology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. and M.S. in natural resource management and a certificate in Latin American Studies from Colorado State University.